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In order to formally provide data about the efficacy of hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning activities, the CEEO formally established its educational research division in 2004. This launch coincided with the founding of the MSTE program within the department of education at Tufts, which in 2003 had begun accepting master's and Ph.D. track students to delve into rigorous education research.

Tufts University is just one of a few universities in the U.S. that has an Engineering Education program, and is the only university in the U.S. that has an Engineering Education program focused heavily on the primary-school age group.

The CEEO and the MSTE program celebrated its first doctoral graduate student in February 2009, and has continued to hood students as well as publish the graduates' research results on the impact of engineering education on the student, teacher, and curricula.